As renewable energy generation grows, the agriculture industry has voiced concerns about it driving up the cost of quality farmland. That’s why some Wisconsin researchers are looking at ways the two industries can coexist.
“Agrivoltaics,” the use of land for both agriculture and solar power, was at the center of a panel with a regulator and researchers recently hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. The discussion was broadcast on WisconsinEye.
The panel explored potential trade-offs between renewable energy and agriculture, as well as discussed how one of the biggest agrivoltaics research facilities in the country will be coming to Wisconsin.